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May 28, 1898

THE ACCLIMATIZATION OF THE WHITE RACE IN THE TROPICS.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(22):1297-1298. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440740043004
Abstract

It has become almost a matter of universal belief that the tropical regions are unfit for the permanent abode of the white race; that Europeans or Americans transplanted to such regions sooner or later succumb to the effects of the climate, or if they survive they and their descendants deteriorate physically, mentally and morally. Only in exceptional localities where the climate is modified by elevation is it generally held that the white race can prosper and retain the qualities that have given it the prominence above all the other races of the earth. Good people taking the teleologic point of view have argued that as the greater portion of the continents lies north of the tropics, it was not intended that mankind should flourish in the central latitudes, forgetting for the time that all early Biblical history is laid in at least subtropical regions. There or in still more equatorial

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